Volunteer Respite Manual: Creating Valuable Options for Family Caregivers

Drawing on the experience in volunteer services among ARCH network members, ARCH’s recognized Innovative and Exemplary respite services, and Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners, this step-by-step manual will help national, state and community-based programs and faith-based initiatives assess needs, plan, and implement volunteer respite programs with special guidance on providing volunteer services during the pandemic. It will also assist Lifespan Respite grantees and partners in building respite capacity through volunteer training and recruitment. Topics include: program planning and operations; volunteer recruitment, training and management; performance measurement; policies and procedures; liability and insurance; and marketing. You can download the manual...
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As you explore the ARCH Volunteer Respite Manual, you may find that you need additional resources and information to help you plan or implement your community volunteer respite program. We have gathered samples of job descriptions, volunteer application forms, orientation checklists, volunteer interview questions, background check forms, reference forms, policies and procedures, training resources and more. This list of resources will continue to be updated and new resources added as they become available.

Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Models

To find examples of volunteer and faith-based respite services, visit ARCH's Innovative and Exemplary Respite Services, and the ARCH Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative.

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News Article Example

Sample format for a short news article about respite in the CareBreaks Toolkit Created by Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging

Spectrum of Respite Options for Faith Communities

Spectrum of possible respite services for parents and other family caregivers. Created by the South Carolina Respite Coalition.

List of Resources for Volunteer and Faith-Based Respite

Curated list of Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Resources available from ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, Lifespan Respite grantees and partners, national organizations and others. See also State Lifespan…

Easterseals Respite Services Registration Form – Little Warriors

A sample respite services registration form for Little Warriors, Easterseals volunteer respite program.

Sample Volunteer Evaluation of Assignment

Source: From NC Handbook of Volunteer Management, 1991. As printed in North Carolina Respite Care Coalition, Lifespan Respite: An Information Guide for Developing, Recruiting, Training and Retaining Volunteers, 2011

North Carolina Volunteer Caregiver Respite Consortium

Developed by the Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Cary, NC, as an initiative included in the State’s three-year Lifespan Respite Grant. The Center for Volunteer Caregiving has pledged ongoing support…

Masterpiece Ministry Respite Night Schedule & Map

Example from Masterpiece R&R